Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 20

WHEN MESSINESS IS A CHOICE

| JOAN IVERSON NASSAUER

MESSINESS:
COMMUNITY, CARE AND

COMPLEXITY IN SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES

1

IN TIMES AND
PLACES WHERE WE
ARE ACUTELY AWARE
OF OUR NEED
FOR COMMUNITY,
MESSINESS MAY BE
INTERPRETED AS
DISREGARD FOR
OTHERS...
1 WHAT WE SEE: THE IMAGE IN THE SUNGLASSES
REMINDS US THAT "THE WAY THAT PEOPLE AND
INSTITUTIONS SHOW THE INTENTION TO CARE FOR
THE LANDSCAPE BY DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT
AFFECTS THE QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF
ENVIRONMENTAL FUNCTIONS." 2 + 3 MESSINESS
BY DESIGN - OR NOT? A NATIVE PRAIRIE GARDEN
IN ANN ARBOR (P. 21) IS PERCEIVED DIFFERENTLY
FROM A VOLUNTEER WILDFLOWER MEADOW
(P. 22) ON VACANT LAND IN DETROIT.
PHOTOS JOAN IVERSON NASSAUER

20 LANDSCAPES PAYSAGES

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LE DÉSORDRE : COMMUNAUTÉ,
INTENDANCE ET COMPLEXITÉ DES
PAYSAGES DURABLES
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MESSINESS IS A PRODUCT OF
APPEARANCE. By definition, messiness is
displeasing, and it is associated with disorder,
entropy, chaos, uncertainty, confusion,
dirtiness and ill health. Order, neatness and
tidiness - words that mean the opposite of
messiness - are associated with cleanliness,
health and safety, and these characteristics
are understood as essential to human
well-being. So, it would seem that messiness
has no place in healthy landscapes. However,
ecological designers know that some forms
of messiness enhance sustainability. What
do we need to understand if ecological design
is to bring some forms of messiness into
the landscape?
AN INTERPRETATION OF THE VISIBLE
Messiness is a cultural interpretation of the
visible. To look messy, something must be
both visible and disorderly. While visibility

depends on optics, and consequently,
should look the same to all who have normal
vision and are viewing a landscape from the
same location, disorderliness depends on
the cultural connotations of what is seen,
which may be shared by members of the
same community.
Community norms and expectations
have great power to influence perceptions
of messiness. In this regard, landscapes
are an extreme case. Community norms
are intolerant of nearly any landscape that
looks messy. Unlike clothing, furniture or art,
much of the landscape is almost inherently
public, seen from public byways and airways
regardless of whether it is privately owned.
Consequently, personal choices for the
design and maintenance of a landscape are
understood to affect all those who see it
regardless of whether they actually enter
or own it. In particular, those who live near
a messy landscape feel impinged upon by
its appearance.
MESSINESS WHICH IMPINGES...
Neighborhoods are expected to look neat
as a mark of respect for neighbours.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2017

TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
PROLOGUE
ESSAY | ESSAI
Après le désordre vient le beau temps
A Fine Mess
Biophilic City
“I Am the Space Where I Am”
OPINION
Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
Messiness by Intention
CRITIQUE
@landtecanada Taking It With You
THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - intro
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - cover1
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - cover2
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 3
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 4
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 5
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 6
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 7
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - TO BEGIN WITH | POUR COMMENCER
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 9
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - COLLABORATORS | COLLABORATEURS
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 13
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - PROLOGUE
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 19
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - ESSAY | ESSAI
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 21
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 22
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Après le désordre vient le beau temps
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 24
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 25
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - A Fine Mess
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 30
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Biophilic City
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 32
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 33
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - “I Am the Space Where I Am”
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - OPINION
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 41
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 42
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Homo the Homogenizer? Do LAs Design Messy Terrain?
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 44
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 45
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 46
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Waste-Less in Seattle: How Will This Look When It Gets Dirty?
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 48
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 49
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 50
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Beaver the Disruptor Tolerating Disorder in the Heart of Vancouver
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 52
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 53
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - Messiness by Intention
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 55
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - CRITIQUE
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - 57
Landscapes - Summer 2017 - @landtecanada Taking It With You
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Landscapes - Summer 2017 - THE LAST WORD | LE MOT DE LA FIN
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